[Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder

Yoder's guttural and luminous debut blends absurdism, humor, and myth to lay bare the feral, violent realities underlying a new mother's existence. --Publishers Weekly 

 

Rachel Yoder will join us via Zoom Friday, February 11th at 7pm to read from and discuss her debut novel Nightbitch. 

 

The Zoom link will be posted here shortly.  

 

 

About Nightbitch

In this blazingly smart and voracious debut, an artist turned stay-at-home mom becomes convinced she's turning into a dog. 

One day, the mother was a mother, but then one night, she was quite suddenly something else...

An ambitious mother puts her art career on hold to stay at home with her newborn son, but the experience does not match her imagination. Two years later, she steps into the bathroom for a break from her toddler's demands, only to discover a dense patch of hair on the back of her neck. In the mirror, her canines suddenly look sharper than she remembers. Her husband, who travels for work five days a week, casually dismisses her fears from faraway hotel rooms. 

As the mother's symptoms intensify, and her temptation to give in to her new dog impulses peak, she struggles to keep her alter-canine-identity secret. Seeking a cure at the library, she discovers the mysterious academic tome which becomes her bible, A Field Guide to Magical Women: A Mythical Ethnography, and meets a group of mommies involved in a multilevel-marketing scheme who may also be more than what they seem. 

An outrageously original novel of ideas about art, power, and womanhood wrapped in a satirical fairy tale, Nightbitch will make you want to howl in laughter and recognition. And you should. You should howl as much as you want. 

 

About the author 

Rachel Yoder is the author of Nightbitch (Doubleday), her debut novel released in July 2021, which has also been optioned for film by Annapurna Pictures with Amy Adams set to star.

She is a graduate of the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program and also holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona. Her writing has been awarded with The Editors' Prize in Fiction by The Missouri Review and with notable distinctions in Best American Short Stories and Best American Nonrequired Reading. She is also a founding editor of draft: the journal of process.

Rachel grew up in a Mennonite community in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Ohio. She now lives in Iowa City with her husband and son.

 

 

 

 

Event date: 
Friday, February 11, 2022 - 7:00pm
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Nightbitch: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385546812
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - July 20th, 2021

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2021 BY VULTURE AND ESQUIRE • LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/HEMINGWAY DEBUT NOVEL AWARD • "A bold book, funny and bizarre and without comparison."--Elle

In this blazingly smart and voracious debut, an artist turned stay-at-home mom becomes convinced she's turning into a dog.